Category Archives: Artists

Artist Feature: AJ Brockman for American Artist Appreciation Month

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As the final installment of our recognition of American artists, we have the pleasure of featuring an artist who has overcome multiple physical challenges, AJ Brockman. AJ Brockman is a digital artist who has SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), a progressive neuromuscular disease, and has been wheelchair-bound since age 2. He began painting with acrylics as a child and  developed his own impressionistic style. He fully realized art was his passion, but began to lose the strength of his hands and the ability to create. Accepting the hard facts, he started to use the aid of computer software that replicates traditional painting / typesetting / layout to create. With the use of two fingers on his left hand, he is able to manipulate a mouse and have no limitations due to his disability.

Using life experiences, his interests, and many other forms of inspiration, he creates using a technique that is a hybrid of Impressionism and Realism. He uses reference photography to get his proportions correct, but everything he does is a unique composition. It is an extremely time-consuming process and he does hours of research on my subject matter before he ever opens the canvas. As a South Florida native, a lot of his work reflects the ocean, landscapes, and a beachside lifestyle. However, he does not limit himself to a specific genre.

Learn more about AJ’s work at http://www.singlehandedstudio.com. If you’re interested to see how he creates his pieces of art, visit his Technique page on his website. You can also see him at Howard Alan Event’s upcoming 25th Anniversary Art Fest by the Sea in Jupiter, FL.

Make Ford your Shadyside Art Festival Destination!

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A visit to the Shadyside Art Festival on Walnut Street August 25 -26, 2012, isn’t complete without a stop at the Ford display. You can get up close and personal for the first time with the all-new 2013 Escape that gets 33MPG.

It’s also your opportunity to join in on the fun and win prizes with our virtual soccer “Penalty Kick Challenge” which showcases the Escape’s hands free lift gate.  The excitement doesn’t stop there –  sit in the driver’s seat of the Escape and take a spin with the “33MPG Instant Win Jackpot” wheel for a chance to win some cash.

But that’s not all – enter our vehicle sweepstakes for your chance to win $30,000 towards any Ford vehicle of your choice!

Stop on by and visit with Ford for the fun, the prizes and the all-new fuel efficient 2013 Ford Escape.

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Enter to Win One of 6 Pieces of Artwork – Prizes Totaling Over $1200!

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In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Alexandria King Street Art Festival, we here at Howard Alan Events are presenting not one, but TWO, giveaways to mark this milestone!

Giveaway #1: Online Artist Giveaway Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Alexandria King Street Art Festival

The first giveaway is an online giveaway of artwork by veteran artists who will be participating in the show. You can enter to win one of four pieces of artwork created by Faye Vander Veer, Kelly Allen, AnnMarie Siegel and Cheryl Summers.

Winners will be chosen Friday, September 7th so don’t delay! Register today to enter to win one of these beautiful pieces of art.

About the Artists:

  • Fay Vander Veer is an award winning artist whose captivating paintings reflect her intense interest in the human spirit. Her sensitivity to the effects of light, shadow, color and form evokes an emotional reaction that has drawn collectors to her work and keeps them coming back. Her paintings are held in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. Learn more about Fay at www.fayevanderveer.com.
  • Kelly Allen is a jewelry artist sold in many galleries and fine art stores around the country. . Today their pieces can be found in galleries and fine art shows throughout the United States. Learn more about Kelly at www.statementsjewelry.com.
  • AnnMarie Siegel creates jewelry and wearable art from watch parts. She is inspired by the shapes of these intricate watch parts, which she transforms into recognizable functional art such as fish, owls, and birds. Her mantra is “Living in the moment and not by your wristwatch.” She lives in Nokomis, Florida. Learn more about AnnMarie at www.watchpartjewelry.com.
  • Cheryl Summers has been an abstract realism painter for over twenty years. Cheryl continues to experiment with different media to bring color, form and texture to her work, and because of this, she is gaining national recognition as an award-winning artist. Learn more about Cheryl at www.artistcherylsummers.com.

Giveaway details: No purchase is necessary to participate. The winners will be selected on Friday, September 7, 2012 and notified via email. Winners may claim their prize at the art festival directly from the artists at the 10th Annual King Street Art Festival or if unable to attend, alternative arrangements will be made.

 

Giveaway #2: Festival Art Giveaway Featuring the Work of Select Alexandria Artists Participating in the 10th Annual King Street Art Festival.

The second giveaway will be on-site at the festival. Art Festival patrons can register to win artwork by participating Alexandria artists Martha Brumbaugh and Pat Palermino. Registration will take place at the artists’ individual booth’s on Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th.
Here’s a look at what you can enter to win!
About the Artists:

  • Martha Brumbaugh owns an art gallery in Alexandria. She is a watercolor painter who specializes in Galaxy paintings, Scottish landscapes in oil, Cave Paintings and French landscapes in watercolor & acrylic. Learn more about Martha at http://beallandbrumbaugh215.com.
  • Pat Palermino is a folk art painter. Her folk art paintings, limited edition American folk art prints and note cards proudly reflect the character and charisma found in many of the United States’ most popular cities and landmarks. Learn more about Pat at www.patpalermino.com.

Visit our Alexandria King Street Art Festival show page to learn more about the festival and plan to be there to enter to win these two beautiful pieces of art! You can also learn more about the weekend’s activities at the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association page.

Giveaway details: The winner must be present or on site at the festival in order to claim the prize. The winning tickets will be drawn each day between 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm. The winner will be notified via cell phone. If the prize is not claimed by 4:00 pm an alternate winner will be drawn. No purchase is necessary to participate.

Spotlight on April Davis for American Artist Appreciation Month

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In continuation of our recognition of American artists we have the pleasure of featuring a veteran of our art festivals April Davis. She resides and works in Jupiter FL, finding artistic inspiration in the surrounding natural environment. Throughout her 30-year career she has created paintings with her unique perspective concentrating on panoramic landscapes and large scale works.
April is presently exhibiting her work in her new studio/gallery in Jupiter, FL as well as through engagements at many of Florida’s top–ranked art festivals. Having become known for the impressive scale of her work as well as her power to bring out the beauty and tranquility of a specific scene, numerous cities including South Miami, Jupiter and Tarpon Springs, FL have commissioned Davis to create original poster images representing their area. In addition, we here at Howard Alan Events commissioned her to provide the poster image for our Las Olas Art Fair one year.
An award winning fine artist, April W. Davis continues to captivate audiences with her impressive large scale paintings and brilliant color pallet. Uniquely hung from decorative molding, these majestic original acrylic paintings are reminiscent of contemporary tapestries. She also provides museum quality giclee reproductions of her original paintings.
To learn more about April and to view some of her work, visit her website at http://www.aprilwdavis.com.

Howard Alan Events Proudly Presents the 4th Annual Inner Harbor Art Festival

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Please join us!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

10am to 7pm

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

10am to 5pm

 

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor provides locals and visitors alike the ability to enjoy the city and the surrounding neighborhoods that offer a variety of fine dining, cultural experiences and exciting nightlife.  From breath-taking panoramic views of the skyline to the up-close and personal experiences of street performances at the waterfront, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor offers more to see and do than you might imagine. The festival is a celebration of the arts in a community recognized as one of the country’s most popular artistic hubs in the country. This is a high-end exhibition much like one you would expect at an art gallery but outdoors and family friendly. The festival will encompass two locations in downtown; one at the Power Plant along the Inner Harbor near the National Aquarium on Pratt Street and the other at Power Plant Live at Market Place and Water Street, just two blocks north of the Inner Harbor.

Stroll along Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor, while enjoying unique works of handmade art from more than 100 artists. Paintings, photography, glasswork, jewelry, mixed media creations and much more will be on display.  While strolling along the Inner Harbor be sure to stop by and visit with some of our featured artists.  You will have the opportunity to meet the creators of the art on display; commission a specific piece, ask questions about techniques, learn the sources of their inspirations, and purchase fine works of art.

Diane Wright- Jewelry

    

 

Paul Treadway- Pencil

    

 

Sandhi Schimmel Gold- Mixed Media

    

 

Peter Hewitt- Photography

    

 

We can’t wait to see you at this free, outdoor weekend festival!

 

August is American Artist Appreciation Month

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There are many great American artists that we are fortunate to have contact with throughout the planning of the many art festivals and craft festivals that we organize here at Howard Alan Events. In recognition of American Artist Appreciation this month, we’ve decided to highlight some of the artists that inspire us with their dedication to their craft.  Today we feature Marcus Thomas.

Marcus Thomas is a quadriplegic watercolor artist who defies adversity through not only his own efforts, but the efforts of his supportive wife, Ann.  Marcus’ work is predominately nature oriented and reminiscent of his passion for the outdoors before his skiing accident. At an early age, Marcus’ adventures took him fishing, camping, rock climbing, skiing, kayaking, golfing, playing tennis and flying model airplanes with his dad. Due to his love of the outdoors, he obtained his degree in Commercial Recreation in 1985, with a goal of working in the tourism industry. Three months after landing his first professional position at a ski area, Marcus’ dream vanished as he skied into a tree breaking his neck and fourth cervical vertebra, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.

After many months in rehabilitation, learning to use his new wheelchair and trying to stave off boredom, Marcus’ wife, Ann, gave him his first set of Crayola® Watercolors for Christmas. Twenty-five years later, Marcus celebrates his success showing his paintings, talking about his struggles and triumphs and lending an ear to people who are faced with debilitating injuries and diseases with the wish that they will take away a bit of his relentless belief in hope, strength and endurance and apply it to their lives.

Marcus’ passion for the outdoors remains evident in his work which ranges from his conservation series, landscapes, wildlife, songbirds to abstract designs. Marcus is an award winning artist and has created magnificent works of art for more than twenty-five years from his wheelchair. To learn more about Marcus Thomas and to view some of his work visit http://marcusthomasartist.com.

Howard Alan Events Proudly Presents the 6th Annual Downtown Frisco Art Festival

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Saturday and Sunday

August 11th and 12th, 2012

10am-5pm

 

Nestled in the magnificent area near the Rocky Mountains, Frisco offers visitors the authentic Colorado experience. Playing host to many signature events, and community gatherings, Frisco truly is the Main Street of the Rockies. The town of Frisco offers great dining, vacation rentals, hotels, restaurants, attractions and scenic places to visit in the mountains.

Please join us for the 6th Annual Main Street to the Rockies Art Festival. Browse and purchase art from the finest artists in the country. The original artists will be on-hand showcasing glass, sculpture, mixed media, paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, and more. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll be sure to find it among the various array of artists participating in this juried art fair.  As you’re strolling down the streets of Frisco, please be sure to stop by and say hello to a few of our featured artists.  Ask questions, and see where they draw inspiration from as they create their amazing work.

Kathleen Fenton- Painting

   

 

Fredrick Prescott- Sculpture

   

As always, parking and admission are free for the outdoor weekend event.

We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Howard Alan Events Proudly Presents The 25th Anniversary Beaver Creek Art Festival

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Saturday and Sunday

August 3rd and 4th, 2012

10am-5pm

 

 

A private resort village, with picturesque views of rock and sky, Beaver Creek is a modern, custom-designed resort with the cozy, unhurried feel of an Alpine village. Winning awards and accolades regularly for its food, wine, service, lodging, safety standards and environmental efforts, Beaver Creek is an oasis unlike any other of it’s kind.

For two and a half decades, hundreds of artists and fine crafters have lined the streets of this intimate village, to participate in this extraordinary art festival.  Since the birth of this community festival, 25 years ago, this event continues to highlight the talent of the countries best artists and crafters, and has become one of Beaver Creek’s most enjoyable summer traditions.  Festival patrons and art collectors alike can visit with artists showcasing life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and much, much more.  While you’re strolling through the Beaver Creek Village, be sure to check out some of these featured artists.  Stop by, say hello, and learn about the techniques used to created their fine art.

Alina Rominger- Jewelry

             

 

Diana Horton Lienemann- Photography

         

 

Jan Raven- Jewelry

       

 

We can’t wait to see you this weekend!!!!!

Howard Alan Events Proudly Presents The 10th Anniversary Downtown Aspen Art Festival

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Saturday and Sunday

July 28th & 29th

10:00am to 5:00pm

 

Previously held in Wagner Park, the festival has moved to Monarch Street in between Durant Ave and Main St. Showcasing an all-star line-up of the nation’s finest artists, the Downtown Aspen Art Festival will provide you an exclusive opportunity to experience a broad range of phenomenal creations ranging from life-size sculptures, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and mixed media. Take in fabulous views of Downtown Aspen, grab a delicious bite at a local eatery, and purchase original artwork from the artists themselves, as you enjoy this weekend of visual inspiration.

Aside from an array of fine artists for you to meet with and purchase art from, Howard Alan Events is pleased to welcome the AARP Media Road Show and the AARP The Magazine Road Trip to Aspen. AARP’s Fitness Ambassador Martina Navratilova will make a special appearance each day from 1:30 to 3:45 to hand out autographed copies of her recently published book, “Shape Your Self: My 6-Step Diet and Fitness Plan to Achieve the Best Shape of Your Life” to the first 100 festival goers who stop by the AARP The Magazine Road Trip area for special wrist bands. AARP will provide valuable information, samples and coupons and the Deputy Editor of AARP The Magazine, Marilyn Milloy, will be on-site to conduct a Q&A session with Navratilova. Tell your friends about this exciting guest we will be hosting at this year’s festival. Learn more about the Aspen Art Festival at www.artfestival.com.  We can’t wait to see you there!

Howard Alan Events Proudly Presents The 3rd Annual Park City Art Fair at Redstone

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Please join us this weekend in Park City!

Saturday and Sunday

July 21st & 22nd, 2012

10am-5pm

A town rich in culture, we are pleased to return to Park City for the 3rd Annual Park City Art Festival at Redstone.  Meet more than 100 of the nation’s most talented artists showcasing life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewelry, photography, ceramics and much more at this admission-free community festival.  Festival patrons and art collectors alike can meet and visit with their favorite artists- having the opportunity to view and purchase original art.  While you’re there, please stop by and say hello to some of these featured artists.

Selu Alofipo- Painting

David Schneider- Photography

These are just a few samples of the fabulous work that you’ll see as you stroll through the streets of Park City this weekend.  We can’t wait to see you there!